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Hobby and model construction is a fun and exciting pastime. These creations require special supplies that can be obtained from hobby supply retailers. Here are some common terms associated with these suppliers.

  • Scale - This is the ratio between a model and its prototype, expressed as a ratio or fraction. Generally these are referred to by a letter of the alphabet. The two most popular are N, at a ratio of 1 to 160 and HO, at a ratio of 1 to 87. These are commonly used in trains, military models and other vessels.
  • Recovery Device - A parachute or a plastic streamer used to slow the descent of a rocket. This is used both for safety reasons and to help protect it when it lands. A brightly colored recovery device makes it easier to spot the landing area.
  • Airfoil - A part or surface, such as a wing, propeller blade, rotor blade or rudder, whose shape and orientation allows for stability, direction, lift, thrust, or propulsion. These are commonly used in the construction of toy plane.
  • Latex Rubber – This compound is liquid and viscous and is used to construct molds for landscapes and other scenes. It is applied to a mold in thin layers, with each subsequent layer being allowed to dry. After several coats, the rubber mold is ready to use.
  • Sealing Iron – This is a small, electric tool that is used to attach fabric or plastic film to toy surfaces. Military replicas frequently use this item to create a firm, drum-tight surface that is ready to paint, accessorize or add other supplies to.
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    Gold Mine The
    14370 Culver Dr Ste E, Irvine, CA 92604
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    (949) 857-1033
    User Review: "Great place. Very nice, fair, and honest. Only place I trust"
    Brookhurst Hobbies
    12188 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove, CA 92840
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    (714) 636-3580
    User Review: "Everything you need under one roof, model building, gundam figures, games workshop, d&d, magic, airsoft, paints, terrain,..." - Michele (CA)
    Ultimate Hobbies
    Orange, CA 92866
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    (714) 538-3111
    User Review: "I purchased a remote car it worked for 40 minutes then broke. We returned to the store only to be told "oh well," "we dont..." - Krista (CA)
    Coast Jewelry & Loan
    1836 Newport Blvd Ste A, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    (949) 650-7581
    Coast Coin & Collectables
    2582 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    (949) 642-9447
    Condor RC Specialties
    1733 Monrovia Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    (949) 642-8020
    Oh Scrap
    427 E 17th St Ste B, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    (949) 645-3334
    Newlife Wellness Center
    1901 Newport Blvd Ste 278, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    (949) 642-3733
    London Coin Galleries
    4533 Macarthur Blvd Ste B, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    (949) 251-1227
    A & E Stamp & Coin Co
    8839 Adams Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
    (714) 963-4933
    Monex Deposit Co
    4910 Birch St Ste 102, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    (949) 752-1400
    Monaco Financial
    4900 Birch St, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    (949) 752-1933
    1600 Dove St, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    (949) 838-0250
    Huntington Beach Coin Exchange
    10122 Adams Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
    (714) 963-0038
    Monaco Rare Coins
    4910 Birch St Ste 103, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    (949) 261-6605

    Hobbies keep kids’ and adults’ minds and hands busy, providing hours of entertainment. Hobbies can range from doing puzzles and crafts to collecting stamps and putting model cars together. Trains are a popular hobby for many enthusiasts, from little ones to retirees. Knitting is another popular hobby, as is flying small scale RC planes. Retail hobby shops are good places to get started on your hobby. You can pick all the necessary supplies for building a railroad or building a toy rocket. In a retail hobby and model construction supplies shop, you can purchase paints, plastic figures, materials, wood, and glue. Many retailers also offer workshops on the weekends for hobbyists who want to learn more about their craft. Retailers buy their stock in bulk from wholesalers. They then sell to the general public. Retailers can be located online as well, offering shipping and delivery of all their in-store products. If you like to visit a hobby shop in person, head to your nearest mall or stand-alone hobby shop to pick up the kits, arts and crafts, patterns, plans, and dioramas you need. Hobby shops are great destinations for students looking to pick up items for school projects. Adults also frequent these stores to keep their hobbies going, such as stocking up on model boat building supplies, mini military figures, accessories, and model construction supplies. Model airships utilizing remote and radio controls first made an appearance in the 1800s. They were made by hand out of balsa wood. When interchangeable, customized parts became available, kits surged in popularity. These provided a bit of originality for the hobbyist who could pick and choose the type of RC airplane or other aircraft he wanted. Today, models for ships, planes, and cars are typically made out of plastics in varying strengths.
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